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Become a Mentee

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For more information on the Alumni Mentor Program, please contact:

Ellen Konkle
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Email: Office Phone: (814) 571-0576

Lauren Granese
Student and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Office Phone: (814) 865-1070



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A mentee says:

"The Alumni Mentor Program taught me how to walk into a room of professionals and have confidence."

What is a Mentee?

A learner, planner, communicator, and driver.

Mentees can:

  • Look for opportunities to grow and develop by asking for feedback, reflecting on experiences, and developing new skills and abilities.
  • Openly discuss goals, challenges, and concerns with a mentor and inform him/her of progress made.

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is designed for juniors and seniors in the College of the Liberal Arts and runs through graduation.

Apply Now!

The Mentorship Experience

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Mentorships vary. Strong mentees are intentional about the relationship with their mentors, sensitive to the multiple demands on their time, and appreciative of the support their mentors provide. They seek to make the mentorship a good one by investing time and energy to get to know their mentors. They recognize that their mentor’s advocacy is not automatic—it must be earned.

The role of the mentee is to be a true student, absorbing—and when appropriate—challenging the perspectives, knowledge, and life experience of his or her mentor. Mentees need to “use” their mentors and demonstrate initiative by identifying goals, suggesting next steps, and asking for input. Mentees should be willing to responsibly try out their mentor’s suggestions or explore together reasons for declining. Outstanding mentees frequently cultivate relationships with multiple mentors.

The alumni relations office arranges the initial meeting, with a facilitator, on campus or in some cases by phone or video chat (Zoom, Facetime, Skype, etc.). Mentor and mentee handbooks guide you through the steps to draft an action plan and schedule next steps together.

As a mentee you are asked to:

  • Meet your mentor at least once per month in person or by phone or video-chat.
  • After your second or third meeting, complete a written mentorship plan—a compact—with your mentor, to be submitted to the program manager.
  • Complete three-month, six-month, and end-of-year program surveys. These brief surveys, conducted online, are an important monitoring and program quality tool.

*Internships and job placement opportunities are NOT expected to be a regular part of the mentor program.

Resources and Support

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Career Guide (programs, activities, resources)
Developing Career Goals and the Career Planning Process
Résumé- and Cover Letter-Writing Guidance

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Registration: The Matching Process

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A mentee says:

"I can't stress enough how wonderful the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program was and how it benefited me."

Quality matches are at the heart of successful mentorships, and matches are based on career areas, geography, shared interests, and more. With hundreds of alumni and students interested in participating, an application is required. The online form takes only five–ten minutes to complete.

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